Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrol Officer Harry Biddington Hanson, Jr.

Anchorage Police Department, Alaska

End of Watch Thursday, July 17, 1986

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Reflections for Patrol Officer Harry Biddington Hanson, Jr.

I remember this night as if it were yesterday, I was up watching TV around 2 or 3 am at my Home at 928 Nelchina when the gunman William Weitz tried to kick down my door to elude police .Wietz then took off his boots and set them neatly on the concrete pad outside my door , he then hid under the low branches of a large spruce tree not far from the door . within a few seconds there was a lot of loud verbal commands , and then a barrage of gunfire. The gunman was shot several times and ran off barefooted and was caught outside a small apt building next door to me. I testified as a witness in the murder trial . My sympathy goes out to the Hanson Family.

richard macneil

July 2, 2019

I remember this night as if it were yesterday, I was up watching TV around 2 or 3 am at my Home at 928 Nelchina when the gunman William Weitz tried to kick down my door to elude police .Wietz then took off his boots and set them neatly on the concrete pad outside my door , he then hid under the low branches of a large spruce tree not far from the door . within a few seconds there was a lot of loud verbal commands , and then a barrage of gunfire. The gunman was shot several times and ran off barefooted and was caught outside a small apt building next door to me.

Civilian Richard MacNeil
Witness

July 2, 2019

Harry and I went to high school together in Beaufort, SC. He was one of our school's track stars and helped us win the State Championship in the high hurdles. He was a good person and a lot of fun to be with. I feel very honored to have known him, and I am not surprised at his dedication and commitment, both in Vietnam and as a police officer. I pray that his family has found peace and comfort.

Judy
Friend

July 17, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are a Hero. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

July 17, 2018

Rest in peace my brother. Thank you for your service.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)

July 17, 2017

It's Veteran's day. Miss you being there Harry.

sp4 robert flinchum
army

November 11, 2016

I was recently invited to a fundraising event for Dollars for Dogs on October 24th, 2015. I was just looking at their web page and started to think about Jim so I found this site so I thought I'd share a memory. Although I haven't been involved with Dollars for Dogs, I'm well aware of, and truly support the effort. I met Jim when he became K-9 Baron's handler. I was Baron's "mom" prior to him becoming a K-9. I raised him from a puppy until I donated him to APD, where Jim was assigned as his handler. He and Jim went to Redondo Beach for their K-9 training shortly thereafter. I had a very close relationship with Baron; he was my buddy. I worked for the State Troopers at the time and knew APD needed K-9's and I wanted to contribute. Baron was so smart and talented...he needed a real job and I thought this would be a good fit for him. It was tough to let him go and I missed him terribly. As time went on, Jim and I became good friends. He was very sweet and understanding and knew that the dog and I missed each other. He did what he could to included me in Baron's life and new job. I worked nights at the State Troopers and Jim would often bring Baron by to visit me at work on his lunch break. I was even able to ride patrol a few times and watch them in action! It was truly a blessing for me and Baron to have such a great handler and caregiver in Jim. A few years later, Jim brought a female shepherd over from Germany and bred her to Baron. I was interested in a puppy so I went to their home in Chugiak to pick one out. I remember all of the dogs playing in the yard with Jim and his children. Baron loved his new family and kids. So, I got one of his pups that I had 12 wonderful years with. What a fabulous dog and companion! Eventually I went to work at APD Dispatch, where I was working the night Jim lost his life. What a wonderful, kind man, incredible officer and K-9 handler. I'm honored to have been part of their lives. I know they are both at peace and missed very much.

Alicia
friend/coworker

September 28, 2015

Dad , u may be gone but u are never forgotten

Amy hanson
Daughter

July 7, 2015

As time has past the Anchorage Police Department K9 Unit honors K9 OFC HANSON each Police Memorial Day by laying flowers on his headstone. It is our honor and tradition to do this without waver since his death. When the younger handlers come into the unit and have their first visit we reflect and share his story so his sacrifice is not forgotten. To the family of OFC HANSON, you should know he is still in our hearts and memories as each year passes.

K9 Ofc Brown
Anchorage Police

May 13, 2014

I just want to say how much I love and miss you! How I wish my children could have known there grandfather! RIP, one day we will be together In heaven.

Heather Hanson Zoch
Daughter

August 20, 2013

Jim, you are still thought of often, and missed even after all those years. We had a lot of fun working together on nights, and we always teased each other about how you really spell Hansen, it's with an "e". See? You were a great cop, and great K-9 officer, and respected by all who knew you. You kids have a great roll model to follow.

Toni Hansen Dispatcher
Anchorage Police

July 19, 2013

I miss u so much dad

Amy Hanson
daughter

July 17, 2013

I met Harry (JIM) Hansen while in the ANCHORAGE POLICE Academy of 1-78. We became friends and shared times with his wife Dianna and grew to know his entire family. He was a dedicated officer and was my friend and I think of him often.........he is missed....go are among the angels and with God my friend....hope to see you soon...your friend Denny

Patrolman
Anchorage Police Department

July 17, 2013

R.I.P., Sir.... you are remembered today...

Former Deputy Sheriff
Marion County Sheriff's Dept., Indianapolis, Indiana

February 25, 2013

I miss u so much dad

Amy Hanson
Daughter

January 20, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 18, 2012

Basic training at Fort Knox with Harry and leading the columns side by side. We had joined the army together and had good times there and later in Korea.

sp4 robert flinchum
us army, wvu, korea

June 18, 2012

Hard to believe it's been 25 years! I just wanted to stop by to say that your sacrifice has never been forgotten and never will be.

Whenever I drive by the yard where you were shot or stop in the station that bears your name I think of you and hope you are resting easy and looking down on us.

Patrol Officer
Anchorage Police Dept.

August 5, 2011

I miss you dad!!!!!

Harry Biddington Hanson III
Son

July 31, 2011

It's been over 25 years since your death. I am now 25 years old, I was only 4 months old when you passed. I will forever strive to be a man that would make you proud to call your son....
Your son
Leo J. Hanson

Leo Hanson
Son

July 19, 2011

To the family of Officer Harry B. Hanson II.

My deepest condolences for your loss. I remember when this happened and I attended the service. The incident gripped the city of Anchorage in sorrow and anguish for such a long time afterward. The civilian and law enforcement communities lost a true hero and K-9 team that day.

Although I didn't know officer Hanson personally, I've never forgotten him. Regardless of when his life was taken, the time gone by since has no bearing. God bless you, his friends and fellow officers, his K-9 pal and Harry himself.

Respectfully

Patrol Officer Tom McKirgan (Ret)
Brookings, Or P.D.

August 7, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 24th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for the solace of all those who love and miss you for I know both their pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 17, 2010

On this day, may you, your family and friends know and take comfort in this: You and your sacrifice are not and never will be forgotten. In honor of you and all the others before and since.

Asst. Chief Joey Cannon - EOW 06-19-2009

Officer Josh McCrary
Plumerville Police Dept, Arkansas

July 17, 2009

RIP

Anonymous

September 8, 2008

Officer Hanson,
On today, the 22nd anniversary of your death, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your community, but also for our Country when you served in Vietnam. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
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July 17, 2008

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